What To Do This March Holiday? - The Fullerton Heritage Experience

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History not preserved will soon be forgotten.


Many parents may know that the current Fullerton Hotel (at Fullerton Square) was once a General Post Office.



I remember it as an IRAS office and a General Post Office building in my early working days in Raffles Place as a young adult. It was what it was until 1996, when it was closed for 5 years to transform itself into a 5-star luxury hotel with 400 rooms and suites - The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The building is gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument by the National Heritage Board, and the building itself is older than Singapore (independence), with history traced as far back as 1920s.





It is great to know The Fullerton Heritage Gallery (located inside The Fullerton Hotel) is opened to public (free) to find out more about this iconic building. The Gallery features rare postal archival materials dating back to 1960s as well as videos of pioneer personalities who have lived, worked and played in the precinct. One of the key highlights includes a recreation of the inner workings of the first floor of Fullerton Building that was put together with the help of former postal officers as well as Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Thanks to the collaboration, these rapidly diminishing memories and materials of the past are now accessible to us.










The Fullerton Heritage Gallery provides a platform for primary and secondary school going kids a chance to learn about Singapore’s heritage in an engaging manner. Besides reading about the transformation of Singapore's Marina Bay waterfront historic precinct, there are hands-on activities like jigsaw puzzle solving, postcard embossing station and a reading corner that is well stocked with illustrated books on Singapore's history.


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AJ and daddy solving puzzles.
The front of this photo is the embossing station.
You can write a postcard (provided) and have it embossed to send to someone or yourself.
Stamp can be purchased from the Hotel Concierge. 

Then you drop your written/embossed postcard here.
The hotel staff will collect the mails every weekday and send them to SingPost.
This is 1 of the 3 red pillar postal box in Singapore.
The Fullerton Hotel has 2 and the Philatelic Museum has the third one.


Entry to The Fullerton Heritage Gallery located at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (lobby level) is complimentary and the opening hours are from 10 am to 10 pm. 



Besides touring the Gallery, guests (and public) are also able to take a step back in time on complimentary guided tours: The Fullerton Monument Tour available at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and A Maritime Journey Tour available at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. Available 5 times weekly on selected timings, visitors can gain exclusive access to preserved areas within the two hotels and the precinct. For more information on the tours or to register, visit The Fullerton Heritage website.


And while you are there ... ...





Why not a family meal at the award-winning Town Restaurant in the hotel itself? The Town Restaurant is located just beside the Fullerton Heritage Gallery which makes it very convenient for parents to eyeball the kids while they roam in the Heritage Gallery and us chilling out at the restaurant. Opting for seats at the lounge area will make it easier for us, parents, to manage the kids who can't sit for long.



But, if you are chilling with adults, I would suggest al fresco dining instead. This way, you get to enjoy the scenic view of the Singapore River.



The spread for the Sunday Buffet Brunch was fantastically wide, ranging from local delights of Satays, Roasted Pork and Seafood to Barbeque and many more.






























Even if you bring young children for a meal, the hotel is thoughtful enough to set up a playroom for these very young ones to be fully engaged with activities like face painting, balloon sculpting, bookmark crafting and movie screening. The activities are conducted by professionals, not hotel staff, so you are assured that your little ones are in good hands while you and your partner and friends wine and dine. This service is complimentary for all diners at the Sunday brunch.

The operating hours of the Town Restaurant is as follows:

Daily
6.30 am to 11.00 pm

International Buffet Lunch

Daily 11.30 am to 2.30 pm

International Buffet Dinner

Daily 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm 

Singapore High Tea Buffet

Saturday and Public Holidays, 12.00 nn to 3.30 pm

Sunday Champagne Brunch

2.00 pm to 3.30 pm (last pour at 3.00 pm)
$110 per adult and $55 per child (with chilled juices and soft drinks)
$158 per adult (with unlimited flow of house 


Comments

  1. The Fullerton is such an amazing building. I'm ashamed to say I've passed gallery many times but I failed to notice the exhibit. Next time, I'll make it a point to get there earlier to check out the gallery! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. We've always enjoyed the Fullerton and how they help guests remember the heritage of the place and that of Singapore's via their gallery and even their heritage tour (free for hotel guests). Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Oooo we had a staycation here before and totally loved it! Thanks for bringing back the lovely memories!

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